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I'm creating a map of Pakistan based on availability of satisfactory water supply at a district level.

Since it is difficult to collect reliable data for all districts, I would like for the final map to show whitespace where the column Condition is unavailable. My SPDF is named pak.

tm_shape(pak) + tm_polygons("Condition", palette = "-Reds")

Above is the command I am using presently to get the following output. I would essentially like for the grey space to not be plotted at all (not even the borders).

Water Delivery in Pakistan

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    You should explain where the tm_ functions come from (they're not part of base R). If possible you should try and make examples using data we can all use - in this case you might be able to create a similar problem to yours with one of the data sets included in the R spatial packages and setting some things to NA – Spacedman Oct 7 '16 at 7:23
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This may be as simple as filtering the spatial data frame first, something like replacing part of your code with:

tm_shape(pak[!is.na(pak$Condition),]) ....

this should not only not plot the missing regions, there won't be a "missing" item in the legend either.

  • Hey, I figured out a cleaner way to do it. The new command is: tm_shape(pak) + tm_fill("Condition", colorNA = NULL) – Zain Peracha Oct 7 '16 at 10:41
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Try this just to show the missing vs. not-missing polygons. You don't really need special packages to match values to colours with the sp plot functions and standar R tools.

plot(pak, col = ifelse(!is.na(pak$Condition), "red", "white"))

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